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SHIRE Environment Grant 2022 / 23

Leicestershire County Council is committed to improving the local environment through waste prevention and reuse to minimise the amount thrown away, reducing carbon and improving biodiversity. In order to help eligible community based organisations achieve this, the Council is offering up to £3,000 in the form of SHIRE Environment Grants.

We are particularly interested in funding new and innovative projects that will meet one or more of the grant scheme outcomes:

  • To reduce the amount of household waste produced in Leicestershire
  • To reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions within communities
  • To improve biodiversity and support the creation, protection, enhancement and management of sustainable green spaces
  • To raise awareness and understanding on the above outcomes as well as providing necessary training and skills to manage and support projects.

We are keen to support projects that can maintain or build on some of the positive environmental benefits that have arisen from the current Covid 19 situation, such as; reduced carbon emissions, increased biodiversity, improved air quality, greater appreciation of nature and green spaces etc.

Such projects could help support the Council in providing a 'green recovery' from Covid 19.

Application Process & Guidance Notes

Before completing the application form, please read the guidance notes below carefully. The guidance notes contain important details about the criteria for funding, along with the Council's process for awarding funds.

If you are looking to apply for a grant to improve biodiversity specifically as addressed in the funding aims, additional specialist support and guidance is available via the councils Environmental Partnerships Officer Roseanna Burton. Prospective applicants can submit an expression of interest directly to Roseanna, or give her a call, and/or email in order to discuss the project proposal prior to submission. This is to ensure that key environmental considerations have been addressed in the application, and that your project proposal achieves the greatest benefits for local wildlife.

In addition to the above, applicants are encouraged to get in touch with Roseanna and supply, either a postcode, or 6-8 figure grid reference (preferred) of the project location prior to application submission so that a local environmental records centre data search can be undertaken by the team. This is a function provided by our local environmental records centre: https://my.lerc.online/?src=lr in which any wildlife sightings, protected species and associated designations are returned for a given location and associated radius. This is essential for ecological quality assurance when undertaking new projects. Please allow up to 72 hours for a returned data search, there is no cost to community groups for this service.

Roseanna can be contacted via the Environment Policy and Strategy Team email: EnvironmentTeam@leics.gov.uk , or please call: 0116 305 6963.

If you have any additional queries about the grant fund criteria or process, or if you would like to request a copy of the guidance notes or application form, please contact the SHIRE Environment Grants Team using the following email: environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk or call 0116 305 7005.

Apply for a SHIRE Environment Grant

The application for the SHIRE Environment Grant needs to be completed using one of the application forms below. A simplified application process is available for small grants up to £300.

We will send you receipt of application once it has been received. Please let us know if you don't hear from us within 5 working days by emailing environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk or calling 0116 305 7005.

Application Deadlines

Although applications can be received at any time, the SHIRE Environment Grants scheme will operate a series of deadlines and decision meetings. The remaining deadline for 2022 / 23 is outlined below:

Round 1: Friday 24th June 2022 with decisions made by Friday 29th July 2022

Round 2: Friday 28th October 2022 with decisions made by Friday 25th November 2022

Round 3: Friday 24th February 2023 with decisions made by Friday 31st March 2023

Workshops

The SHIRE Environment Grant's Team will be hosting a number of workshops run virtually through Microsoft Teams. Details of upcoming workshops can be found below.

Please note that you do not need Microsoft Teams software to access the workshops as they can take place through your internet browser.

Biodiversity Workshop

The aim of this virtual workshop is to encourage groups and organisations to put forward biodiversity applications in Leicestershire. The workshop will give advice on:

  • sustainable project design & materials
  • monitoring & evaluation
  • land owner permission & consent
  • longer term management and maintenance
  • biosecurity
  • the right trees in the right places
  • obtaining any permissions
  • using native native species of local UK providence in planting & design projects

The workshop will take place on the following date: Tuesday 7th June 2022 10am - 11am

Please use the following link to book a place https://surveys.leics.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=160743887310 .

Any questions about the workshop can be emailed to environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk or you can call 0116 305 7005

Waste workshops

The aim of this virtual workshop is to encourage groups and organisations to put forward applications to reduce household waste in Leicestershire. The workshop will give:

  • An overview of waste in Leicestershire.
  • Ideas on how potential projects could contribute to campaigns we support.
  • Examples of previous projects supported.
  • Examples of projects we would support and not support.
  • Guidance on areas often missed when completing applications.
  • An insight into the application process.
  • A chance to ask any questions.

The workshop will take place on the following date: Friday 22nd July 2022 11am - 12pm

If you would like to book a place on the workshop or have any questions please email:environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk or you can call 0116 305 7005

Drop in sessions – completing the application form

This is a virtual group drop in session designed to answer any queries on completing the application form. Each attendee will be allocated a timeslot to ask their questions to the team.

The session will take place on the following date: Wednesday 20th July 2022 10am – 11am.

Please use the following link to book a place https://surveys.leics.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=160743887310 .

Any questions about the workshop can be emailed to environmentgrant@leics.gov.uk or you can call 0116 305 7005

Case Studies

You can view various case studies from past projects by clicking on the documents below.